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noun, plural ale·hous·es [eyl-hou-ziz] /ˈeɪlˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a tavern where ale or beer is sold; bar; pub.
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Origin of alehouse

before 1000; Middle English, Old English. See ale, house
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Historical Examples

  • To fiddle to a few villagers, and dash colour on an alehouse shutter!

    Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida


  • Nothing can be better imagined than the group in the alehouse.

  • We had left the alehouse, where we first met, and hired a room to hold our club in.

  • They had an alehouse boy always in attendance upon the workmen.

    The Printer Boy.

    William M. Thayer

  • The alehouse forms no inconsiderable part of the labourer's life.

    The Toilers of the Field

    Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for alehouse


  1. archaic a place where ale was sold; tavern
  2. informal another name for pub
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Word Origin and History for alehouse


also ale-house, Old English eala-huse; see ale + house (n.). An alehouse "is distinguished from a tavern, where they sell wine" [Johnson].

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